Aug 1, 2011

Blue Cheer - The Original Human Being (1970)

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The Original Human Being (or BC#5) is Blue Cheer's fifth album. It was released in 1970 and shows Blue Cheer exploring a more psychedelic and laid‑back rock 'n' roll with horn sections on a few of the songs. This album features a very unusual, and different, song for Blue Cheer: "Babaji (Twilight Raga)", which features extensive use of sitar and synthesizer. These instruments were only used one other time in the song "I'm the Light" on the album Oh! Pleasant Hope.
1. Good Times Are So Hard To Find
2. Love Of A Woman
3. Make Me Laugh
4. Pilot
5. Babaji (instrumental)
6. Preacher
7. Black Sun
8. Tears In My Bead
9. Man Of The Sun
10. Sandwich
11. Rest At Ease

Dickie Peterson - bass, guitar, lead vocals (on tracks 2, 3, 9)
Bruce Stephens - lead guitar
Paul Whaley - drums
Gary Lee Yoder - guitar, harmonica, vocals, harp, lead vocals (on tracks 1, 4–8, 10–11)
Ralph Burns Kellogg - organ, piano, synthesizer, bass
Norman Mayell - guitar, percussion, sitar, producer, drums



Anonymous said...

Wonderfull Band+Album!!Many Thanks!

VaTAga said...

Выдающаяся команда, но у меня не вся их дискография. Приду домой, посмотрю по своим каталогам, каких альбомов у меня нет. А какой Вы считаете лучшим?

hanalex said...

К Blue Cheer у меня отношение очень неоднозначное.
С одной стороны вроде основоположники и т. д., с другой - их ранние (лучшие) альбомы я не могу слушать из-за какого-то "дубового" звучания. Мне нравится Highlights And Lowlives (1990), хотя знатоки истинного Blue Cheer меня засмеют. Но я же имею право на собственное мнение, правда?

Eric said...

Hi Alex, I have the Blue Cheer catalog myself.
In an 80's interview from Kerrang! magazine I have Dickie Peterson explained that this album and "Oh!Pleasant Hope" were mainly contractual obligation albums.
Gary Yoder helped him out as he was in the clutches of his heroin addiction then.
I agree the first 2 are my faves/best imo.
But taken for what they are this era they're okay laid back rock.
Btw - drummer Norman Mayall also drummed on Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky" and you can hear a similarity in the style of that song on this albums track "Pilot".

Anonymous said...

Thanks man, great album.
Have you got 'blue cheer-s/t',with the song 'hello L.A bye bye Birmingham'.

Anonymous said...

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